Paths

The Path to Power (Robert Caro’s First Volume on LBJ)

Robert Frost (Two paths in the woods) .

OED: A way or track formed by the continued treading of pedestrians or animals, rather than one deliberately planned and made; a narrow unmade and (usually) unenclosed way that people on foot can use. (Iranian/German roots…) .

A real photographer/artist could do something with the theme of paths, taking photographs of the same path from different angles or along different approaches.

I walk the same loop twice in this graveyard. I’m struck by how different the path looks as I change direction.

Thurs Walk

The songs of your own adolescence:

You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks
Out on to an open road you ride until the day
You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay…

Sunday Walk

Total: walked six-and-a-half miles, crossed the river four times, and used seven different bridges.

Gray’s Ferry
Pedestrian Bridge for Schuykill Crescent
Drawbridge
Pedestrian Bridge into Penn Park
Pedestrian Bridge out of Penn Park
Walnut Street Bridge
Pedestrian Bridge south of South Street Bridge
South Street Bridge and home…

Zadie Smith

I loved this essay on fiction and will use it in my opening unit next year. I’m trying to think of questions that I can use to replace a straight literary lens approach to short stories and I’m toying with these two:

What can literature do for you?
What can you do for literature?

She builds the essay around two poems, one we’re reading now (Song of Myself by Walt Whitman) and the other I’ll bring in asap, I measure every Grief I meet (by Emily Dickinson).